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Mythic Legions
by yo go re

Okay, maybe just one more.

High priestess and leader of the Congregation of Necronominus, Morgolyth rules with a resigned coldness reflected in her faction's deadly efficiency. Less savage than her brothers Malleus and Mandibulus, her ability to see through the eyes of her dead soldiers keeps her perpetually aware of her armies' actions. Truly believing that the moment has arrived for her father Necronominus' return, Morgolyth is readying her faction for a new era of evil.

Okay, so if Malleus is the Eric (obsessed with copying his father) and Mandibulus is the Junior (ready to clap back at anybody he considers his faction's enemy), then that means Morgolyth must be the Ivanka - though she's lacking a dangerously felonious husband who's a major security risk to his nation, and there's no evidence that her father Necronominus desperately wants to sleep with her, so there are certain differences between them. But we can definitely say that a sense of fashion isn't their strong suit.

Okay, so right off the bat, let's discuss the weirdest part of this figure: Morgolyth's Southern Baptist Easter hat. She's a skeleton-lady, in keeping with the rest of her family, but all we can see of her face is her nose(hole) and jaw - the rest is concealed behind/beneath a gigantinormous headdress. Yes, it's so big, we had to make up a new word for it. She looks like a Las Vegas showgirl in the world's gothiest alternate timeline. It's shaped to reference the Congregation of Necronominus symbol - it's not as direct as Xylona's Flock, but the parallels are there. It's all silver and appears to be metal, not cloth, which would be absolute murder on Morgolyth's neck... if she had neck muscles to worry about, and not just bones. The mask has a semi-Egyptian feeling, with the stripey bits falling down over the shoulders and the tall part on top distantly calling to mind Nefertitti's crown.

Morg mostly sticks with the existing skele-lady bodyparts and armor, though there is one new part: the chest. Perhaps necessary to support that giant cranium (oh my god, what if her head is shaped like that under the hat?!), the neck is a molded part of the torso, instead of being separate like all the other figures'. The breastplate has horizontal bars that look like a ribcage, a feature none of the other chests have had, but totally fits the bone queen.

Morgolyth's colorscheme is silver and purple... or, well, silver and silver tinged with just the slightest hint of purple. The cape and loincloth are purple purple, but the armor just has hints of it. The armor looks "purple" the way La Croix tastes like "fruit" - ie, not really at all, it's all in your head. The bones are slightly yellow, so overall she's got a very regal look. Regal, yet evil. Reevil.

Her articulation includes a balljointed head and torso; swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and feet; and a swivel waist, forearms, and ankles. It's all modular stuff, so you could pull her apart and reassemble your own creations. As we said, she's one of the figures who comes with a cape, so you'll have to puzzle out how you want to use the removable pauldrons to attach it, but once it's on, it won't get in the way of the movement at all.

Other than that, she's accessorized with a plain sword and strap, a knife with sheath, a staff with the pointy magic ball topper, and the "buster" sword from the Dark Forces weapon pack. That one is a really nice inclusion, even if she is more of a magician/seer than a physical fighter, because it's the only weapon that wouldn't get overshadowed by the size of her hat. It has a very spiky hilt, and runes of some sort carved into both sides of the blade (just guessing, here, but they look like if you overlaid them properly, they'd form the Four Horsemen's logo). The staff is weird, because the body of it is gold, but then the head is grey, so it looks like you badly combined two different ones.

Morgolyth is a figure with an outrageous design, but honestly, that's part of her charm: this humongabig crown makes her stand out from the crowd. With a more normal head, she'd just be another character in the line; with this one, she's a crazy death-priestess and obviously in command. I initially passed on her, so you have one of our regular readers, Johnny, to thank for this review, and I have him to thank for this silly, silly hat.

-- 11/23/19

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